Hair & Fire

They do not mix. Do not attempt to light your hair on fire. In fact, keep your hair away from all sources of open flame and combustible materials.


Ever lit your hair on fire? (I have). Tell about it.


  1. This is one of the more bizarre stories from my youth. Sometime in the early 00’s, it was about 2 in the morning and a buddy of mine, Mitch, got a strange idea that he wanted to be punched in the face hard. I think there was just three of us altogether, and neither myself nor the other friend, Jordan, (whose house we were hanging in at the time) had any inclination to punch Mitch in the face at 2 am, lest there be some form of injury as a result. Well, Mitch was not happy about that. A few minutes later, during a round of Halo 2 or some other game, I heard a flick of a lighter as Mitch lit my hair on fire from behind. Thankfully I realized what was happening in time to prevent burning of too much hair, and my scalp was unharmed. Now preparing to give Mitch what he had so desired, and more, I chased him out of the room screaming. I wanted to hurt him real bad, which was apparent to Mark, the father of the hosting friend. We were told, in no uncertain terms, that if anyone laid a finger on Mitch, that Mark would begin “cracking fucking skulls”. In the end, nobody got what they wanted. Mitch never got punched in the face, and I never got my revenge. But at least I can still grow my hair. Sorry for the swearing, maybe that’s off-brand for the longhairs. I don’t often have an excuse to share that story, though.

    1. Author

      Haha! A good one to read. One might argue you did get what you wanted, and here you are. Keep LETTIN IT RIDE MAN!

    2. I lit mine on fire during the middle of the Gospel reading at my church, I was an acolyte. I just stood there till someone came to put it out, definitely not going to try and repeat it!

  2. About 2 years ago my hair was about just short of my shoulders. me and my friends were messing around with Molotov Cocktails, we live in the desert so nothing too serious could happen if things went wrong.
    Since there was just sand we made a pile of rocks to throw them at turns out I have terrible aim I missed the bottle didn’t break but now it was covered in flames and I had a left hand leather glove (don’t know where the right one was) I’m not left handed, I didn’t miss the rocks this time but when I wound up to throw some of the gas came out of the bottle landed on my jacket/hair, now my hair is a blaze I buried my head in the sand like an ostrich to put it out

    1. OMG! Lol, hope you all were laughing after and not rushing to the emergency room.

  3. Once in a while, I get one or two hairs in the soldering iron. MAN, that SMELL fills all the workshop… imagine hundreds of hairs catching fire 🙁
    Talking about safety: ALWAYS tie your hair when working with a drill press. Failure to do so could result in the chuck grabbing your hair and literally pull your skin and hair off… AARRGHHH, I don’t even DARE to think about the pain this would cause!!

    1. I work with wires and guitars and the amount of times that I’ve burned the ends of my hair with my soldering iron aren’t even countable

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    1. Author

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  5. I caught my hair (and beard) on fire lighting a gas grill. Didn’t light up right away so I got a little too close and… boom. Nothing like hearing the sizzle of your own burning hair. I was also smack in the middle of the awkward stage of growing it out so that set me back a bit. Since then, I’ve lit grills, started fires, and smoked many a doobie, all incident free.

  6. man if you’re a smoker i suggest that you tie your hair or move it away from your face especially if the wind is too strong , believe me it’s not pretty to see a strand of hair melts .

      1. Well, not the smoking part, but the fire. Anyway, just tie it back.

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